Candidates file for local school board seats


Chris Neu has decided to not run for a third term on the Southwest Dubois School Board.

The reason for his decision is rather selfless and involves fellow board member Leslie Petry moving from the Holland area into Huntingburg.

“She is still interested in staying on the board. So that would mean that we would be running against each other,” Neu said this morning. “And I’m just not going to do that.”

So Neu chose not to file for his District 1 seat. Petry is the only one to file for the position, meaning that she will remain on the board.

“Leslie is a good person, and does a good job on the board,” Neu said. “I’ve been on the board for two terms already.”

Neu won his first term in 2010. He was selected as president of the school board in 2017. His reason for joining the board then was to help the school district make needed improvements and move forward. He said that he is happy with the progress that’s been made over the last eight years.

“Things seems to be humming along well,” he said. “Our fund balance is very solid and steadily increased. Things are much better than when I got in.”

Petry’s old seat, District 3, is being pursued by two candidates: Jason Heile and Belinda Lange.

Meanwhile, Neu already knows that the time he spent working on school matters will be filled with personal obligations. “I still teach at VUJC (Vincennes University Jasper Campus),” he said, “and I’m still working at my regular job. I’m plenty busy.”

In the neighboring Greater Jasper Consolidated School District, voters will select a District 1 board member from the two candidates running: incumbent Ken Schnaus and challenger Jimmy Corbin.

The filing period closed at noon Friday for school board seats on the Nov. 6 election ballot. Here is the ballot of candidates that filed:


Greater Jasper

District 1: Kenneth Schnaus and Jimmy Corbin

District 3: Bernard Vogler


Southeast Dubois

District B: Elaine Miller

District D: Kent Uebelhor


Southwest Dubois

District 1: Leslie Petry

District 2: John Schroeder

District 3: Jason Heile and Belinda Lange

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